Personal profile


Originally from the United States, Carolyn came to Australia in 1994 after living in Japan for four years. Her AB (magna cum laude) from Harvard College is in social anthropology, and her PhD in cultural anthropology is from Columbia University.

During her postgraduate career, she received a Japan Foundation Fellowship to study at the Inter-University Center for the Study of Japanese in Yokohama, Japan. Before coming to Australia, Dr. Stevens taught and conducted research at Jochi (Sophia) and Obirin Universities in Tokyo. More recently, she has had visiting research and teaching positions with the University of Tokyo (Faculty of International and Public Health), Meiji Gakuin University (Faculty of International Studies and PRIME) and the National University of Singapore.

Carolyn was appointed Professor of Japanese Studies and the Director of the Japanese Studies Centre in 2012.


  • Anthropology
  • Cultural studies
  • Japan

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Projects 2013 2017

The Beatles in Japan

Stevens, C. S.


Project: Research

Sonic practice in Japan: sound in everyday life

Stevens, C. S., Chenhall, R., Kohn, T., Bestor, T., Hankins, J. & Hosokawa, S.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Research Output 1995 2018

Australia’s view of Japan, as seen from Japanese Studies

Stevens, C. S. 2018 Rethinking Japanese Studies: Eurocentricism and the Asia-Pacific Region. Okano, K. & Sugimoto, Y. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 118–136 19 p. (Routledge Contemporary Japan Series)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Interdisciplinary collaboration and brokerage in the digital

Chan, A., Chenhall, R., Kohn, T. & Stevens, C. S. 2017 In : Digital Humanities Quarterly. 11, 3, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Irasshai! Sonic practice as commercial enterprise in urban Japan

Stevens, C. S. 2016 In : Journal of Musicological Research. 35, 2, p. 82 - 99 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

The Map Precedes the Territory: Pokémon Go through the eyes of Jean Baudrillard

Stevens, C. S. 12 Aug 2016 4 p.OpenDemocracy

Research output: OtherOther contribution

Anthropology of modern Japan

Stevens, C. S. 2015 The Sage Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies. Babb, J. (ed.). London UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 22 - 32 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Activities 2011 2017

  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Japanese Studies Association of Australia

Stevens, C. S. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 Jun 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Japanese Studies Association of Australia: Plenary Speaker

Stevens, C. S. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
1 Jul 2015

Activity: Contribution to conference

Japan in Stereo: Japan Rock

Stevens, C. S. (Contributor)
22 Feb 2013

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Japanese Studies (Journal)

Stevens, C. S. (Editor in chief)
1 Jul 2011 → …

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Press / Media

Yoko Ono: the most famous Japanese person outside Japan

Carolyn Shannon Stevens


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment

ABC News Radio

Carolyn Shannon Stevens


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Nihon e no Keikoku

Carolyn Shannon Stevens


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment